THE eight schools that hope to become the country's first co-operative-sponsored specialist schools have handed in their formal bids to the Department for Education and Skills.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Stephen Twigg MP, received the bids from the head teachers, accompanied by the Co-operative Group's Head of Co-operative Strategy, Stephen Youd-Thomas and Matt Ball of the Co-op Party and Mutuo.
The bid is part of the biggest ever move to promote co-operative values and principles as a way of doing business.
The groundbreaking schools are Castle Manor Upper School, Haverhill, Suffolk; Andrew Marvell School, Hull, Humberside; St Benet Biscop Catholic High School, Wansbeck, Northumberland; Forest Gate Community School, London; Fulston Manor School, Sittingbourne, Kent; Cullompton Community College, Cullompton, Devon; Sir Thomas Boughey High School, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire; and Epinay Special School, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear
If their applications to the DfES for specialist status are successful, each school will receive up to £ 50,000 sponsorship from the Co-operative Group. And Epinay School ? for children with learning and behaviour difficulties ? would become the first special school in the country to earn specialist status as a Business and Enterprise school.
Pictured above with some of the head teachers involved are Stephen Youd-Thomas and Stephen Twigg MP.